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Hanover, MA
acoustic58
Apr 15, 2018 5:51 AM CST
I live in Mass and have an area in the back of my yard where the water table is pretty high. It's so high that they only had to drill down about 20 FT for the well. I plant grass there every year and it does not seem to last but what grows great is moss. I think they must have put moss seed in the bag instead of grass. I am considering cleaning that area up, planting flowers and some shrubs and using pea stone around all of it to make a nice looking garden. I'm kind done with spending money on grass seed and really not getting much in return. I can do mulch but that is a constant battle to keep it looking good and it needs to be refreshed every year where pea stone is a one in done deal, so I hear. This area is also backed up to woods so moss creeping in is an issue anyway. Does pea stone sound like a good idea for an area like this?
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purpleinopp
Apr 15, 2018 6:58 AM CST
Hi & welcome! The moss sounds amazing! So beautiful, soft, does not need to be mowed. I would consider it a lovely gift, not a detriment. It should not stop you from adding whatever site-appropriate flowers or shrubs that you had in mind.

You'll probably end up with moss-covered gravel if you try the gravel route. Pea gravel is hard to walk on too, if it's smooth. It rolls around under the foot.

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pirl
Apr 15, 2018 7:04 AM CST
I agree 100% with @purpleinopp. I'd feature the moss - so cool and inviting and, as Tiffany said, needs no mowing.
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katesflowers
Apr 15, 2018 8:56 AM CST
Hi, welcome @acoustic58
I have pea stone under my raised deck. It is a wonderful (unintended) nursery for any seeds. The roundness of the stone causes them to wander to other areas (ie-in the grass). We also have a long driveway comprised of jagged stone called 22A. They are less likely to self-wander into the grass, but are easily propelled by snow & lawn equipment. In either case, once stones are put in place in a garden, you have a new job of herding them.
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Hanover, MA
acoustic58
Apr 16, 2018 2:18 PM CST
Thank you for all the tips. If it ever stops raing, I'll post a couple pics. It not that beautiful lush moss but instead kind of sparse but enough to not look like that great
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pirl
Apr 16, 2018 2:34 PM CST
Cultivating it could be a nice shady job on those hot days in summer.
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stone
Apr 16, 2018 2:48 PM CST
Agree with @katesflowers that pea gravel is wonderful stuff for all the dropped flower seeds to germinate in.

Have you researched "bog gardens" yet?

Sounds ideal for Louisiana iris, cardinal flower, button bush, jewel weed and.... maybe sarracenia and venus fly trap and all the other totally cool stuff that I can't grow without a pond liner!

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